UPDATE: 05/27/13 — 10:07 AM EST: Queens MC 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, confirmed via Facebook that he payed for the white horse and carriage for the funeral of slain teen, D’aja Robinson, reports XXLMag.com.
“People always try and paint negative images about me I’m the most genuine down to earth person and I didn’t forget where I came from I came through for baby girl by providing a horse and carriage for her. She was pretty, innocent and didn’t deserve to die like that R.I.P D’Asia Robinson.”
As previously reported by NewsOne, word began to spread via social media on Friday, the day of D’aja’s funeral; however, this is the first time that 50 Cent has confirmed. He also retweeted a fan thanking him for the kind gesture.
Southside Jamaica, Queens, New York came out in full force Friday morning to say final farewells to D’aja “Asia” Robinson, 14, the young girl killed when someone fired 9 rounds into the Q6 city bus she was riding home after a friend’s Sweet Sixteen birthday party, Saturday, May 18th, reports NY Daily News.
As previously reported by NewsOne, of the shots fired, one bullet hit D’aja in the temple. She was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.
At the same time that thousands were paying their respects to the young girl and her family, Nathaniel Parker, 16, was questioned at the 113th Precinct in Jamaica, and subsequently released with no charges filed against him in relation to her death.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Thursday that he believes the shooting to be turf or gang related. The intended target was an unidentified girl associated with the EBK crew who was threatened after making “derogatory” comments on social media about members of the Snow Gang.
“The 14-year-old girl had nothing to with this,” Kelly said. “It’s a terrible tragedy, but it’s indicative of the fact that we just have too many guns and too many young people with access to these guns.”
Over 2,500 people attended D’aja’s funeral at the Greater Allen AME Church. According to the Daily News, her mother, Shadia Sands, was too overcome with grief to speak at the service. Her grandmother, Cheryl Sands, repeatedly kissed her casket.
D’aja was lovingly dressed in a lavender dress and laid in a white coffin. A beautiful white horse and carriage, reportedly paid for by Southside Jamaica, Queens rapper 50 Cent, carried her body to the cemetery.
According to Nathanial Parker’s attorney, Tim Rountree, he and his mother are living in fear after hearing that there is a bounty on the head of whomever killed D’aja.
Rev. Alfonso Wyatt, who delivered the eulogy at D’aja’s funeral, warned the mournful teens who packed the church not to seek vengeance:
“God made you in his image, not to be a corner warmer or a sneaker pimp. Not to die for a piece of concrete, a street that will never know your name. You ain’t Sutphin Blvd.,” preached Wyatt.
At this time, there are no other suspects in custody.
Queens MC, QueenzFlip, and his mother, Marie Deluse, a community activist involved with the grassroots organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, have a set up a fund to help D’aja’s family.
The information below is provided by the Queens Chronicle:
***The fund for Robinson that is administered by QueenzFlip and his mother through their corporation T “Flip” R, LLC can be found at facebook.com/dajarobinsonfund. This Facebook page includes the link to the PayPal information needed to send a donation. Sentiments to the family can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.